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VOTERS GUIDE General Election, November 3, 2020

James F. Gaughran

James F. Gaughran is running for New York State Senator - 5th District

James F. Gaughran

JAMES F. GAUGHRAN

Democratic

BACKGROUND:

  • Gaughran, 63, of Northport, a former chairman of the Suffolk County Water Authority, is seeking his second term in office. He also is running on the Serve America Movement party line.
  • He won his first term in 2018 after defeating long-term incumbent Sen. Carl Marcellino.
  • He graduated from Stony Brook University and Hofstra Law School.

ISSUES:

  • The major issue: "How do we rebuild New Yorks economy back" in the COVID-19 era.
  • Hes introduced legislation to increase penalties for attacks against police and first responders, but is also working on "improving community relations" including anti-gang programs.
  • "We need to be more aggressive in protecting customers of LIPA, PSEG and the MTA," while expanding public water for customers now served by New York American Water.

'Why am I giving up my Friday night to listen to this?' A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports.

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